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The first things to be updated or replaced during a home renovation are often the electrical and mechanical systems. Older homes in particular are prone to faulty electrical wiring and outdated plumbing and heating systems that no longer serve the needs of a growing family, and may even pose a safety threat. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in a home maintain comfortable and constant temperature, fresh air, and low humidity. A well-lit house provides spaces for performing household tasks, accenting art or architecture, and creating mood or ambience, but it also can be energy-efficient and help reduce monthly electrical bills. These factors are important for the comfort level and affordability of a family's home.

Understanding how such factors function together helps consumers plan for efficient, reliable, safe, and comfortable homes; PATH promotes such understanding by providing accurate, unbiased information. PATH has added an extra Roadmapping session for "Existing Buildings" with a list of technological areas that should be developed to improve renovations. This includes the major mechanical and electrical systems in a home.

Content updated on 10/29/2004

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